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Oktober Fiesta supports nonprofits

The Santa Fe animal shelter is among three nonprofits that will benefit from the Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s fifth annual Oktober Fiesta.

The two-day event is set from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, at the brewery’s new concert venue, The Bridge, which shares a parking lot at the brewery, 35 Fire Place off N.M. 14. The fiesta features live music, food trucks and contests. Cost is $10, which includes a $5 donation to the charity of the person’s choice.

In addition to the Santa Fe animal shelter, other nonprofits include the Adaptive Ski Program, which offers safe and supportive alpine ski lessons for adults and children with a wide array of disabilities, and Esperanza of Greater Santa Fe, the support center for battered families.

Saturday’s bands, which begin playing at noon, include Mariachi Diferencia, Pigment, Siren Shipwreck, Imperial Rooster and Mondo Vibrations; Sunday bands, which also begin at noon, include St. Range, The Hillstompers and the Battlefield.

For more information and a scheduled of events, please visit the brewery’s website, www.santafebrewing.com.

Shelter hosts Plaza concert

A free concert on the Plaza on Friday, Sept. 23,  aims to bring awareness about the Santa Fe animal shelter and the nonprofit’s work in the community.musician

The 6 p.m. concert features Daniele Spadavecchia, a gypsy jazz musician from New Orleans. The musician plays acoustic jazz guitar, mixing swing with Mediterranean Flamenco and European ethnic music. He also sings a selection of Italian, Latin and classic jazz repertoire.

The concert is part of a celebration for the animal shelter, which is being recognized Friday with a proclamation from the city as Santa Fe Animal Shelter Day. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Javier Gonzalez, notes the shelter’s significance in the city, which includes providing more than 100 living-wage jobs, free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, humane education and community outreach programs. The shelter, which takes in more than 5,500 animals per year and provides services to thousands more, has marked a live-release rate of 94 percent for several years, effectively making the city a “no-kill” community.

The shelter plans to mark the day with reduced adoption fees and discounts at its shelter store. Donations will be accepted during the concert, which is being sponsored by shelter contributors.

The shelter recently wrapped up a $50,000 appeal to help alleviate overcrowding at the shelter. The funds will help support shelter programs, said Evelyn Viechec, the shelter’s director of growth.

For more information or to donate, please visit the shelter’s website at sfhumanesociety.org, or donate directly to 505-216-0628.

Lead the parade with your pet

The Santa Fe animal shelter is urging families with pets adopted from the shelter to join them in this year’s Children’s Pet Parade.

The shelter will once again take the lead as the grand marshal of Desfile de Los Niños, one of the most popular and well-attended events of the Santa Fe Fiesta. The parade is set this year for Saturday, Sept. 10.

Those wishing to join the shelter and its volunteers are asked to gather by 7:45 a.m. at the parade staging area at the New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda St. The parade, which is free to all participants, starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Devin White at dwhite@sfhumanesociety.org.

The hour-long parade, which began in the early 1920s, features hundreds of children and their families in costumes who participate in the parade, along with thousands of supporters lining the route. The event ends with an awards ceremony on the Plaza.

Let your dog take a dip

The Santa Fe animal shelter and the city’s Parks and Recreation Division are teaming up Saturday, Sept. 10, doggieDIP16for fun-filled splash for dogs.

The fourth annual Doggy Dip will take place at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Pool at Alto Park.

The event, which runs until 2 p.m., includes swimming for dogs in the big pool and the wading pool. Gift bags with coupons, goodies and treats will be given to the first 100 participants with dogs.

Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, although volunteers will help dogs in the large swimming pool. A wading pool is available for those dogs who may not be comfortable in the larger pool.

Admission is $10 per dog, with all proceeds benefitting the shelter. The pool is located at 1121 Alto St., near Alto Park. For more information, call 505-955-2503.

Shelter offers training classes for adult dogs

A training course at the Santa Fe animal shelter offers dog owners a chance to work with their dogs on basic issues and strengthen the bond with their best friend.

The shelter’s basic training class for adult dogs starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes run for six weeks and cover basic training, such as set, stay, down, leave it, along with leash work and at least one trick. Owners will come away with a sense of how dogs learn, how to teach them and how to trouble-shoot troublesome behaviors or issues that are happening at home.

Class size is limited to eight dogs; the first class is held without dogs.

The cost of the course is $150; shelter dogs who have been adopted within one year are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

The classes are taught by the shelter’s behavior trainers. For more information, contact Hannah Padilla at 983-4309, ext. 151.